Sonya Hunt | Educator Spotlight

“I get great joy when I see the proverbial 'light bulb' light up for a child,” says Sonya Hunt.

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The #1 Proficiency School in the District!

Cornerstone Prep Lester Campus students led the district in several categories on the most recent TN Ready state assessment.

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Alli Cao | Educator Spotlight

I’m sure you know lots of people who grew up in Shelby County. At the same time, I bet you don’t know anyone from Shelby County. Shelby County, KY, that is.

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Video | Staff Appreciation '17-'18

Our staff members at all three campuses work incredibly hard every day to serve our students. Please enjoy this video celebrating them.

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Diane Reed | Educator Spotlight

Diane Reed loves people and every day she displays that love by her caring and servant-hearted work.

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Working to Improve the Community

Capstone Education Group cares deeply about students and the community in which they live. As we seek to love our neighbors as ourselves, we explore opportunities to partner with organizations to improve neighborhood conditions, including safety, housing, job training, access to healthy foods and other critical community needs.

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Graham Farnsworth | Educator Spotlight

Graham Farnsworth, an avid and powerful runner, applies the discipline necessary for running long distances to his preparation and success in the classroom. He was a founding teacher at Cornerstone Prep Lester and continues to serve our students with excellence.

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Annual Literacy Night

Our Lester Campus hosted the annual Cornerstone Prep Literacy night, a night filled with reading, writing, and discussions about books.

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Overcoming Challenges: One Student's Story

Aise Nature came to Cornerstone Prep Lester in the middle of second grade from the Congo. He spoke no English when he arrived, though he had attended school where he previously lived. He has overcome tremendous challenges!

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Mark Your Calendars: Key Dates at CPL!

The first day of school is just around the corner! Mark your calendars for these key dates and review the 2017-2018 school calendar.

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CPL Celebrates Read Across America Day!

We're celebrating Read Across America Day at CPL! Check out our video which features students and staff from our school talking about books they love!

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CPL Hosts First Annual Spelling Bee

First and second place winners of the 1st Annual Spelling Bee, Danesha Melvin (1st) and Curtis Chapman (2nd), will go on to represent our school at the city-wide spelling bee in February.

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Fifth Grade Leadership Team Receives Special Visitors

On Friday, November 4, the University of Memphis' Student Government Association (SGA) President, Jared Moses and Vice President, Natalie Moore, paid a visit to our 5th Grade Leadership Team.

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Girls Running Club Members Receive New Shoes!

Running Club leaders reached out to Fleet Feet a few months ago to see if they would be a collection point for used running gear; instead, the running store received an anonymous donation for $1000 for the girls to receive new running shoes!

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Our ESL Students and Their Amazing Growth!

Cornerstone Prep Lester's ESL students had a 30% exit rate for the 2015-2016 school year, 20% higher than the state of Tennessee's goal.

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NCSRC Case Study: The Importance of Character and Keeping a Good Thing Going

In addition to improving academic outcomes, Cornerstone Prep focuses on developing student character and leadership traits. Cornerstone Prep views character and academics as being a positive feedback loop.

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NCSRC Case Study: Community Relations

The National Charter School Resource Center (NCSRC) recently had the privilege of visiting Cornerstone Prep. We invite you to view the second of this four-part documentary below, and consider the factors driving Cornerstone Prep’s remarkable and quick turnaround. The videos below present the points of view from school leaders, teachers, students, and parents.

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St. Louis Cardinals' Player Encourages First Grade Class

First grade co-teachers, Ashley Cowsert and Madison Jones, went on a hunt to find Stanford University graduates to encourage their class, Stanford 1, their first grade class at Cornerstone Prep Lester.

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NCSRC Case Study: Introduction

The National Charter School Resource Center (NCSRC) recently had the privilege of visiting Cornerstone Prep. We invite you to view the first of this four-part documentary below and consider the factors driving Cornerstone Prep’s remarkable and quick turnaround. The videos below present the points of view from school leaders, teachers, students, and parents. This video describes how Cornerstone Prep has strengthened buy-in from the community to achieve its goals.

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Outstanding Reading Growth!

Cornerstone Prep Lester Campus saw outstanding reading level growth in 2014-2015.

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Cub Conversations: Cultivating Leaders

Cub Conversations is an after school group to encourage, teach and challenge its members, cultivating positive leadership and group membership.

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Updated Unifom Policy

We have updated our uniform policy for the 2015-2016 school year, which includes the addition of black pants/shorts/skirts as an option for students.

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A Bittersweet Goodbye: Celebrating Principal Settle

As we close the chapter for this school year, we celebrate many thing.... We also celebrate the years we’ve been led by Principal Lisa Settle, Cornerstone Prep’s founding principal, courageously and lovingly leading our students and teachers for the past 5 years.

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Our Parents Are Loving Their School!

We are thrilled to receive such high praise from our parents about their experience with our two schools, Cornerstone Prep and Lester Prep.

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Cornerstone Prep is Expanding

Because of the great success of Cornerstone Prep's flagship school, the Achievement School District approved our application to expand onto a second elementary school campus for the 2015-2016 school year. Today, the ASD announced that Cornerstone Prep will serve Frayser students at Denver Elementary school beginning next fall. We are honored that we will have the opportunity to serve more students in our city.

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American Paper & Twine Co. Announces the Teacher of the Week for Week Eleven of the Titans Season

American Paper & Twine Co., Titans Radio and Georgia-Pacific Communication Papers announced Calli Rollins, a kindergarten teacher from Cornerstone Preparatory School in Memphis, Tennessee, was selected as Teacher of the Week, for week eleven of the Tennessee Titans 2014 football season.

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Lester Prep Students Honored as "Student of the Month"

Each month Lester Prep has a Celebration to honor scholars who have exceeded expectations in various subject areas.

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Cornerstone Prep Approved for Expansion

Because of the great success of Cornerstone Prep flag ship school, the Achievement School District approved our application to expand onto a second elementary school campus for the 2015-2016 school year. We are honored that we will have the opportunity to serve more students in our great city.

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Lester Prep: New Middle School in Binghampton

Lester Prep launched a new middle school in August, welcoming 80 6th graders to the school campus located at 320 Carpenter, let by founding principal, Mr. Brearn Wright.

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Cornerstone: The Showplace of the Possible

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stepped off his “Partners in Progress” tour bus into a hero’s welcome at Cornerstone Preparatory Academy in Binghamton Wednesday. Children in shirts that said “Proving the Possible” waved pompons and roared when he came into sight.

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Cornerstone Prep Students Excel on National and State Tests

Cornerstone Prep students performed among the nation’s best schools in a recent national assessment. On average, Cornerstone Prep students outpaced the growth of 74 percent of students in science, 72 percent of students in math and 70 percent of students in reading and language.

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Cornerstone Prep on WMCTV-5

Brittany Ordu is a second grade teacher in Binghampton, whose students have scored 85 percent higher on their tests compared to other kids across the country. Ordu is making a difference one student at a time.

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Cornerstone Prep Students Take Art and Love to the Community

Cornerstone Prep students join hands and paint brushes with volunteers and community members weekly at the art garden located across the street from the school. Prepsters work in this afterschool program, creating beauty and relationships with each other and the neighborhood.

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Cornell K Celebrates the Grizzlies

The Kindergarten class known as Cornell K was thrilled to receive an autographed basketball from the Memphis Grizzzlies. The players recently attended an event where they signed the ball for our Prepsters. We are grateful for the play and work of the Grizz in our city.

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Encouraging Results From Parent Survey

In the middle of our second school year, we are delighted to reveal the positive feedback that has come from our recent parent survey. This survey was distributed to parents who have been on our campus over the first three months of the school year and we are very pleased with the number of parents who responded.

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Top 10 Mathematicians' Banquet

Ten fifth-grade math stars celebrated their academic achievement together during a recent mathematicians' banquet. These students performed at the highest level in math during the most recent grading and celebrated with a special lunch and celebration.

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When the School Day Ends, the After-School Programming Begins

Each week, more than 115 students participate in after-school programs on campus. Some grow and harvest their own vegetables in the Carpenter Art Garden.

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Lester Lions on ESPN

For the past two years ESPN has been following our boys’ basketball team and coaching staff to highlight the amazing things that our program is accomplishing. Coach Desmond Merriweather and NBA superstar Penny Hardaway have coached our boys into three city and two state championship victories.

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Prepsters Earn Tickets to Memphis Tiger Football Game

Seven fourth-grade students earned the right to attend the University of Memphis football game vs Duke University with their teachers. For many of these students who made good choices in the classroom, this was their first experience watching a live college football game.

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84 Kindergarteners Celebrate Their First Year

These 84 Prepsters were entering their kindergarten promotion ceremony as a celebration of a year well spent at Cornerstone Prep School –Lester Campus with a standing-room-only crowd of more than 400 proud family members.

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Cornerstone ESL Makes Great Progress

It has truly been an amazing year for Cornerstone ESL. We have prepsters representing four different countries and languages. It has been a joy and a privilege to watch these students grow over the past 10 months. All of these students have progressed at least two to three grade levels in reading and math.

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Literacy Night: Let's Play With Books

Cornell K teachers hosted a Literacy Night with the theme, Let’s Play with Books, for the prepsters and family members of Cornell K. Parents, siblings, and prepsters all gathered in the library and began the night by playing several games.

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Blessings in a Backpack

Blessings in a Backpack is a charitable organization which ensures elementary school children are fed on the weekends throughout the school year.

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News Release: Cornerstone Prep Students Excel on National Test

Cornerstone Prep students performed among the nation’s elite schools in a recent math assessment. Cornerstone Prep students outpaced the growth of 69 percent of the students in the national norm in Kindergarten and first grade and 98 percent of all students in grades two and three on the national test.

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Memphis Police Veteran Encourages Third Grade Boys

Cornerstone Prep was honored to have Ron Willis, a 17-year veteran of the Memphis Police Department and local Binghamton business owner, speak to our third-grade boys as part of the school’s weekly character development class. Mr. Willis emphasized the importance of having goals and dreams.

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Cornerstone Prep Expanding

The Achievement School District (ASD) has just approved Cornerstone Prep to transform the Lester Middle School beginning next year. Cornerstone Prep will be leading pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade for 2013-2014 and then will be responsible for the entire school, pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade the following year.

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Letter from the President of the United States

Our second-grade class recently wrote a letter to President Obama — here is his response.

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Firefighters Deliver 2,000 Coats to Memphis Kids

Memphis firefighters donated thousands of coats to school children across Shelby County, including a new coat for every Prepster.

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Making the Community Stronger Through An Art Garden Partnership

Cornerstone Prep strategically participates in a community development strategy, working with partners to make Binghampton a healthier place to live and raise children. Cornerstone Prep actively seeks way to engage volunteers and organizations to invest in the future of the neighborhood.

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Achievement School District Holds First Day of School

Today, five high-potential Memphis schools took their first steps on the road to becoming the best schools in the state.

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Memphis Students Score Among the Best in the Country

Students at Cornerstone Prep grow multiple grade levels in a single school year

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Cornerstone Prep Students Score Best in the Country

Students at Cornerstone Prep grow multiple grade levels in a single school year.

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Cornerstone Prep Receives Improvement Funds

Funds Allow Adding Teachers, Community Liason, Technological Tools

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